Four Pieces of Gear I Want

While my opportunities to use outdoor gear have been cut since moving to London, I still like to see what’s out there and what’s emerging. I am also a bit of a junkie when it comes to it, especially new stuff. Here are four things I have* to have.


Electric Backpack Hiking Camping Outdoor Gear

I actually stumbled across this while looking at sunglasses, which would have made this list if I didn’t break or lose them constantly. I read awhile back Electric was going to expand it’s offering, so this is no surprise. What is a surprise is how sharp and functional this bag appears. I have yet to see one in person, but even though another backpack is the last thing I need, I can always upgrade, right?


Icebreaker Hood Compass Merino Wool Outdoor Gear

You can never have too many hoodies, or merino wool clothing. Icebreaker is one of my favorite base-layer manufacturers, and casual wear, not to mention the great socks. However, they continue to innovate and release some of the best stuff in the business. I have a Henley-style, long sleeve with a stash pocket, but the hood definitely helps for inclement weather. It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for.


Hiking Slings Outdoor Gear Kickstarter

These aren’t real yet, but holy crap I could definitely use these. After a few hours out my shoulders start to feel uncomfortable, after that I start to shift to one shoulder, then the other, then I have my thumbs under the straps to give my shoulders a break. These look awesome, and I am definitely chipping in on their Kickstarter.


Salomon Running Shoes Outdoor Gear

I have never really needed road running shoes as I would either use trails around Portland, or the nearby gym. However, London has presented a whole new set of issues. Mainly they think 9 am is ‘early’ for a gym to open on a Saturday. Really?! Anyway, with as much rain as they get here, I need something durable and good tread. Salomon seems to be the best choice.





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